When my own children were small, I would often make up stories for them at bedtime, or when we were travelling in the car. We even had an imaginary pair of horses behind us in an imaginary trailer. From time to time I’d put them out front to pull the car, and create some excitement doing that.
The children would yell out orders to the horses, “gee “and “haw” to tell the car to turn left and right and I would swing the steering wheel a bit in reply Or giddy-up to help push the car up a big hill.
What great adventures we had in story-time. It passed many miles when the little ones had to sit for a long time as we went camping and even crossed Canada in our travels. I also sang to them softly at bedtime. My children are grown up now, and have children of their own.
My daughter was eight years old when I bought her a pony, tack, harness and cart for her birthday. I remember our last ride together on our horses along country roads before a move out West meant we had to sell our animals. A sad day, but memories to cherish.
Here are a few stories to pass the time for little ones, and other things as I think of them from time to time. Games, puzzles, that kind of thing, if you are looking for ideas to entertain your own little ones. It just takes time to build this page.
Let me begin with memories of my children’s favourite story, perhaps changed a bit over 30 or so years, but as much fun to create as it was back then.
Q: Why did the boy bring a ladder to school?
A: He wanted to go to high school.
Q: Why did the math book look so sad? A: Because it had so many problems!
Person 1: Knock-knock.
Person 2: Who’s there?
Person 1: Canoe.
Person 2: Canoe who?
Person 1: Canoe help me with my homework?
Q: Why couldn’t the pony sing?
A: Because she was a little hoarse.
Q: How does the ocean say hello?
A: It waves.
Computers And Children
A little girl was happily typing on her Grampa’s computer one day when he asked her what she was doing.
I’m writing a story, she said
What is it about? he asked
I don’t know, she replied. I can’t read yet.
I loved Spelling Bees in Public School, and wonder if they still do that. Our class would divide into two groups and line the opposite walls of our classroom. After choosing which team went first, our teacher would ask the first child to spell a certain word. If she or he did it correctly, yeah, a point for our side. If not, the word went to the first child on the opposite side. Back and forth like that with each correct spelling equaling one point for that team. Enough words for each person was all that was needed. Someone kept score on the blackboard. 20 minutes of fun. I don’t remember any prizes except feeling so proud. Maybe we got to leave for recess first, or something like that.
Word Games – can you figure out these words? They are spelled incorrectly.
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